Allentown

Billy Joel

This is not an accurate version. The first chord of the song is a minor, not a major, for one thing.

 GEmD
Well we're living here in Allentown
 CDG
And they're closing all the factories down
 EmAD
Out in Bethlehem they're killing time   
 AEmAD
Filling out forms - Standing in line
 GEmD
Well our fathers fought the Second World War    
 CDG
Spent their weekends on the Jersey Shore
 EmAD
Met our mothers in the USO  
 ADAD
Asked them to dance, Danced with them slow      
 GEmD
And we're living here in Allentown

 FGC
But the restlessness was handed down    
 EmCGDEmD
And it's getting very hard to stay             

C D G � C D G
 GEmD
Well we're waiting here in Allentown
 CDG
For the Pennsylvania we never found     
 EmAD
For the promises our teachers gave
 AEmAD
If we worked hard , If we behaved
 GEmD
So the graduations hang on the wall     
 CDG
But they never really helped us at all
 EmAD
No they never taught us what was real     
 ADAD
Iron and coke - And chromium steel  

 GEmD
And we're waiting here in Allentown

 FGC
But they've taken all the coal from the ground
 EmCGDEmD
And the union people crawled away              

 CDG
                                     
 FGA#
 Every child had a pretty good shot
 FGA#
 To get at least as far as their old man got
 FGA#
 But something happened on the way to that

Place
 FGA#
 They threw an American flag in our face

 GEmD
Well I'm living here in Allentown
 CDG
And it's hard to keep a good man down   
 EmCGDEmD
But I won't be getting up today   -  ay  -  ay 

 CDG
                                     
SOLO> F G A# (4x)

 EmCGDEmD
And it's getting very hard to stay             
 CDG
And we're living here in Allentown

The D Chord is often lifted and dropped on the E string.
The F-G-A# part is played by sliding the F up the bridge.
Submitted by David Whitney


Corrected by ggalen1. View original
A A# C D Em F G
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